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December 22, 2012

Self-Defense Gun Use doesn't exist

1-3 Guns are not used millions of times each year in self-defense
4. Most purported self-defense gun uses are gun uses in escalating arguments and are both socially undesirable and illegal
5. Firearms are used far more often to intimidate than in self-defense.
6. Guns in the home are used more often to intimidate intimates than to thwart crime.

Using data from a national random-digit-dial telephone survey conducted under the direction of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, we investigated how and when guns are used in the home. We found that guns in the home are used more often to frighten intimates than to thwart crime; other weapons are far more commonly used against intruders than are guns.

7. Adolescents are far more likely to be threatened with a gun than to use one in self-defense.

8. Criminals who are shot are typically the victims of crime

Using data from a survey of detainees in a Washington D.C. jail, we worked with a prison physician to investigate the circumstances of gunshot wounds to these criminals.
We found that one in four of these detainees had been wounded, in events that appear unrelated to their incarceration. Most were shot when they were victims of robberies, assaults and crossfires. Virtually none report being wounded by a "law-abiding citizen."

9-10. Few criminals are shot by decent law abiding citizens

Using data from surveys of detainees in six jails from around the nation, we worked with a prison physician to determine whether criminals seek hospital medical care when they are shot. Criminals almost always go to the hospital when they are shot. To believe fully the claims of millions of self-defense gun uses each year would mean believing that decent law-abiding citizens shot hundreds of thousands of criminals. But the data from emergency departments belie this claim, unless hundreds of thousands of wounded criminals are afraid to seek medical care. But virtually all criminals who have been shot went to the hospital, and can describe in detail what happened there.


May 17, 2012

It must be RUN AWAY day - first Ricketts and now Breibart.com on "Obama born in Kenya"

Note from Senior Management:

Andrew Breitbart was never a "Birther," and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of "Birtherism." In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.

I will provide the link if you want it.

oh but they originally posted the story have this:


Obama 'Kenya' Lit Booklet Raises Question MSM Will Refuse to Ask
by John Nolte

now ABC News has the (we all knew this) explanation


"This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me--an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. "There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more."

May 17, 2012

‘....I Stand By What I Said, Whatever It Was’

Mitt Romney On His Reverend Wright Attack: ‘I Stand By What I Said, Whatever It Was’


May 17, 2012

CHART: Spending, Taxes, And Deficits Are All Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office


In January 2009, before President Obama had even taken the oath of office, annual spending was set to total 24.9 percent of gross domestic product. Total spending this year, fiscal year 2012, is expected to top out at 23.4 percent of GDP.

Here’s another interesting fact. Taxes today are lower than they were on inauguration day 2009. Back in January 2009, the CBO projected that total federal tax revenue that year would amount to 16.5 percent of GDP. This year? 15.8 percent.

One last nugget. The deficit this year is going to be lower than what it was on the day President Obama took office. Back then, the CBO said the 2009 deficit would be 8.3 percent of GDP. This year’s deficit is expected to come in at 7.6 percent.

May 14, 2012

After market sunroof installion?


May 14, 2012

More ridiculous?

May 14, 2012

Mothers Day - not just breakfast but ICE CREAM breakfast in bed

Tlhis was my daupghter's idea

Mint with Oreos, cookie dough, fudge brownie, Americone Dream - Josie, I Could DIVE into this.

Picnic dinner at Agecroft Hall (house moved rom England) listening to the Richmond Concert Band .

May 9, 2012

The WHY in President Obama's pro-gay marriage statement

Rightwing radio and TV (all TV basically) is in the process to planting in everyone's mind that it was the result of pressure from his contributors. A cold political move...like Republican debates weren't just a checklist of Fox News talking points.

I think (my two cents) it is the result of two other cold political realities.

1.Biden didn't say he "had no problem with it" by accident. Yeah Joe slips up from time to time but a more plausible explanation than the rightwing spin is that Obama and Axelrod polled on this and found that is *DING* *DING* *DING* scores with voters, especially the middle. Only the RIGHT and the LEFT are set on this - the middle is indifferent or leaning toward "Hey why not?"

2. Romney and the Republicans counterattack makes them look mean and cold. This scares off the middle. Obama gave them a bigger shovel.

It could very well be some mix of all three explanations but either way we all know it is the right (correct) thing to do. Ignore the North Carolina vote, that was done simply for division and is a sad illustration of how the masses can be coerced to actually vote against rights for their fellow countrymen.

Gay marriage will win in court either on the argument supported by the equal protection clause or, more likely, the due process clause.

The Constitution establishes that religion should have no place in governance and the argument that marriage is a religous institution only supports that the government should pay no attention to what churches say on this issue. Or any other.

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